In honor of Nelson Mandela's birthday, South Africa is throwing one unforgettable party. All over the country, people are dancing, singing, praying, and helping others on behalf of the anti-apartheid leader. And outside a hospital in Pretoria, where Mandela has been undergoing treatment for 41 days, a massive crowd has gathered with balloons, cake, and posters bearing his name. Despite the sad circumstances surrounding this year's celebrations, the love and respect for the man who led South Africa to freedom and democracy have never been so apparent. Here, a round-up of festive dedications to Dear Madiba in his home country and around the world.
Children sing outside the hospital where Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)
Well-wishers sing and dance in Pretoria. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A human chain passes down donated clothing in Johannesburg. In honor of Mandela's 67 years of service, South Africans are dedicating 67 minutes to volunteer work on his birthday. (REUTERS/Mujahid Safodien)
A candlelight vigil in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
The side of the Matosinhos City Hall in Portugal. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Riders pose next to a portrait of Mandela before competing in the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Mandela in lights: An electric billboard in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)